ARROZ: A Joke, a Media Storm, and a Destroyed Life. Is ‘Magic: The Gathering’ the Next Gamergate?

A male internet personality made a mean joke on Twitter about a woman.

She accused him of serial harassment without evidence. The story was debunked. A geek community rallied with the media to ostracize the man, to try to get him fired, and to destroy his life. He received real harassment, including death threats. The media was silent.

Then, a corporation doubles down to purge him, hurting him financially.

Does this story sound familiar?

Over the last several weeks, we’ve seen yet another instance of the same tactics used by the SJW corporate elites in taking down an internet personality who doesn’t meet their approval. This time, the big corporation was Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro, and the owners of the card game, Magic: The Gathering.

Their target was a YouTuber who dedicates his entire channel to their product, Jeremy Hambly of Unsleeved Media. Hambly’s story began when he criticized an attractive cosplayer for her antics, most notably feigning outrage of Twitter posts by men attracted her, to raise funds on the internet.

Hambly made a YouTube video accusing the cosplayer of “crying for Patreon dollars” and several tweets jabbing her cosplay. One mocked her looks with “This guy [sic] does a pretty good job cosplaying this card.” Another simply said, “Cosplay is dumb. Playing dress up is not *work* [sic].”  He went on to tell a very poignant truth, “if she were a man, she would not have gained hundreds of Patreon supporters overnight.”

He not only criticized a woman on Twitter, which as DANGEROUS readers know is an executable crime from MILO’s personal experience, but he also pointed out the flaws of feminism, a sacred cow of the SJW left. Hambly committed further thought crimes by speaking out against Antifa and the LGBT lynch mobs on his YouTube channel.  

“I publically supported both Trump and MILO,” Hambly told me. “The rate of hate greatly increased at that time.” The harassment began in earnest at this point, not of the cosplayer, but toward Hambly.  

But why are these companies, with a vast majority of male customer base, so quick to rally for feminism? “Many hate themselves,” he said. “One of my loudest critics got married, had two kids, cheated on his first wife, had two kids, cheated on her with his assistant, left them both. [They] have worse skeletons in their closets.”

Most of Hambly’s comments were made about the topic of cosplay itself more than targeted at a specific individual. The SJWs often like to use cosplay as a battleground, and feign outrage at people who notice these women who often attempt to gain attention by being scantily clad. In bizarre feminist logic, men are supposed to celebrate these women’s bodies, but at the same time are not allowed to notice their beauty.

The Internet and the media jumped on Hambly. People flagged his YouTube channel, and he received complaints on Patreon to try to take down his own business’s revenue. He was attacked on all fronts. But Hambly wanted to fight back. He spoke out about what was happening, and urged what we all know: to never apologize to SJWs while under attack from them.

As a YouTube creator, Hambly works on his own. He makes his own videos, has no back up, no official endorsements, only the support of his audience. He has more than 140,000 subscribers to his channel dedicated to Magic: The Gathering, and makes a living covering their events.

As the targeted destruction of Hambly escalated because of a few mean tweets, the cosplayer urged other people on the Internet to swarm Hasbro Customer Service and complain about him.  A social media war escalated between the cosplayer and Hambly, but because Hambly was a man, and the cosplayer was a woman, Hasbro appeared to take sides and stepped in.

The cosplayer’s social pressure seemed to work. Hasbro banned Hambly from Magic: The Gathering for life, without appeal. The evidence they provided was some of the tweets mentioned above, along with unrelated tweets of him posting memes of Pepe the Frog, and some political content. They never accused him of doing anything wrong at their events, and no one had any complaints about him in person, but it took personally following him to his social media accounts for a giant corporation to deem an individual unfit to play their game. Hambly says he was stalked by both Hasbro representatives and an angry horde of white knights defending this cosplayer’s “virtue” in what appeared to be a personal dispute between two people.

Without any evidence of real harassment, it appears Hasbro’s motivation was to make a public proclamation of their championing feminism against an evil white male. But it gets worse. The problem goes beyond simply a company banning Hambly from their events unfairly. Hasbro also could be said to have seized his personal property.  

There is a version of Magic: The Gathering for desktop computers, a video game in which users can play and compete online. Just like the physical collectible card game, users can buy packs and singles online. Users spend hours as they do any other game, and spend tremendous amounts money on the content. The real dollar values of these virtual cards can often meet or exceed the values of the physical game. Hambly put years into MGO (Magic Online) and has spent thousands of dollars on these virtual cards over the course of his experience, he says. When he was banned from playing in Magic tournaments, the company also seized this account, shutting it down with all of the content inside.

Not only is Hambly out the substantial collection value of his virtual cards, but he had more than a hundred dollars in event tickets, which are extremely liquid and are a cash equivalent for many players. All of this was erased and Hambly was not compensated for it, he says.   

It’s shameful that a game company can seize a player’s private property like this, with very little recourse, as they force players to check a “terms of service” like every other online service. It’s all because Hambly upset the wrong class of individual on Twitter. It’s not as if Jeremy was employed by the company or they had a right to be digging into his personal social media. This is a game company, responsible for a hobby where Hambly pays them to spend his relaxation time. Hasbro ripped his hard-earned dollars away from him in the process of defaming and destroying his person.  “My lifetime ban isn’t enough,” Hambly said of his detractors. “They want me dead.”  

Hasbro has sent a clear signal to men, to Trump supporters, and to anyone who wrongthinks: you are not welcome, and we will purge you. It sets a dangerous precedent for the future if gaming companies and content creators are going to create public witch trials and purge the heretics. Consumers aren’t here to join an ideological jihad, we’re here to play games.  

The ride never ends.  


Jon Del Arroz is known as the leading Hispanic voice in Science Fiction. He is a multi-award nominated author best known for his hit Steampunk fantasy novel, For Steam And Country. He blogs at and is on Twitter: @jondelarroz

Feature image: Cosplayer Christie Sprankle (left) and Jeremy Hambly

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  1. Lovekraft

    December 21, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    She doesn’t have crazy witch eyes at all /sarc

    Yeah, someone like her is why tape and video recorders were invented. Always be recording around crazyeyes.

    • Yondo

      December 22, 2017 at 9:26 am

      They both look a little crazy in those photos.

  2. LME NVS

    December 21, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    You really should cover the rest of the story. This extends MUCH farther than just Hambly for this case. Hambly was banned for life, but another prominent member of the MTG community, a pro player in fact, received a ban for an entire year and was kicked off of his pro team for being the creator of a MTG troll Facebook group called Magic for Bad. This was a closed group meant for people to share memes and troll each other and was mostly magic related. The creator, Travis Woo, made a remark on twitter defending Hambly, and the hate mob soon went after him. People sifted through the group looking for anything that could make Woo look bad and found a six month old meme depicting 9 female MTG community members captioned “p1p1 (Which is in reference to a draft format of magic, where you receive packs and pick one card from it and pass it on to the next player).” Despite being the admin, Magic for Bad was hardly moderated and thus posts like this would go unchecked. The Twitter mob used this to push Woo to take responsibility for ALL content in a closed Facebook group. In response to this blowing up, Woo closed the entire group down and deleted the post in question. Unfortunately that wasn’t good enough.

    Most people who commented on the p1p1 post or even interacted with that post were outed and many of them also received 3 month bans for contributing to the page in general. There were in total around 11 bans resulting from this whole debacle.

    • The Cold Pathetic Truth

      December 23, 2017 at 7:48 am

      Guess maybe it’s time to stop using those shitty platforms *cough Facebook* *cough Twitter* that give leverage to mobs of retards ignoring facts. Maybe it’s a wake up call.

      • kuman30

        December 28, 2017 at 1:52 am

        5 years now free of Facebook, and I actually consider it one of the best decisions I ever made. They don’t make it easy unplugging by needing to wait ten days for it to take effect.

  3. Rusty Esq

    December 21, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    It’s about time Milo News started reporting plain truths like this. I’m still shocked that such a basic truth (let’s call it sexism) goes unchallenged.

    We need more articles like this. Matter of fact. Call a spade a spade.

    It looks like the new format for Milo News is taking some steps in the right direction. A lot about the old news bothered me. The attack on Cenk (at this site) wasn’t well written in my opinion. I’d like to see less Cenk style articles and more reasoned articles like this.

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  5. The Cold Pathetic Truth

    December 23, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Dumb ugly broads like this pretend they have some use in their pathetic minds but in reality no one would touch this useless skank. SJWs leech off of a society they do not deserve to be in, much like any parasite.

    • Dumb Ugly Broad

      December 23, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      You need to get laid

  6. True.Epic.Crusader

    December 23, 2017 at 9:34 am

    There needs to be a Gamergate-like event every time that something like this happens.

  7. some nerd

    December 23, 2017 at 11:09 am

    glad to see this getting some attention, its a pretty outrageous story, and the further you look into it, the clearer it becomes that it was a politically motivated punishment intended to destroy this guys livelihood

  8. Bookish1

    December 23, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    This is scary and sad and Orwellian and infuriating.
    People expressing opinions on pages devoted to hobbies aren’t even safe from the fascists on the left.
    I am sick of seeing company reps and politicians blindly accept the word of females without question. It is blatant sexism, and it is time to call it out.
    I am a female person, so I will now be considered “self-hating,” I suppose.

  9. Bookish1

    December 23, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I just discovered that it is impossible to even leave an email comment on Hasbro’s site without providing them with name, address, birth date — everything short of DNA samples of my first-born son.

  10. nacazo

    December 26, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Hambly should contact “a good jewish lawyer”.

    David Yerushalmi is the best for first ammendment/freedom of speech cases imho…

  11. Escala Blanco

    December 26, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    It’s easier to teach a baby to drink Jack Daniels than to get a Magic Card player to man up and tell feminists to go fuck themselves.
    Of course, a “Has-BRO/Lez-BRO” meme war might be fun.

  12. Dante Alighieri

    December 26, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    great word — “wrongthinks”

  13. SDMMD

    December 28, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Jeremy Hambly is a longstanding troll of a fuck with no sense of responsibility for his words or actions.

    The guy would drum up his stooge army of [primarily incels] and hurl shit at high-profile community members. He’d knowingly command high volume of harassment, because harassing someone is the entertainment his base wanted.

    Unfortunately, that makes people really uncomfortable with doing things like
    -Talking about Magic on youtube, reddit, twitter
    -Going to events
    -Doing things that *sell the game of magic*
    because you run the risk of being the target of this talentless fuck who only knows how to keep an audience by picking on someone. You run the risk of this trash mob coming after you, flooding your notifications, harassing your followers, doxing you, ruining your social network.

    So Wizards made the business decision of throwing out the boogeyman in the room from their physical events – so as not to lose potential customers unwilling to deal with this shitstain.

    They also deleted his online account as subject to their terms of service. Fact is, you agree to a TOS when you play magic online, and don’t OWN anything on the server, so your proposed financial loss in being banned is irrelevant. You only pay the service for accessing their server, and if you don’t like that, too bad, you checked the box. You could’ve chosen to not use it, but you did.

    Jeremy’s entire brand relies on manufactured outrage, because his actual magic content is certainly third-rate. He doesn’t deserve your fucking sympathy, regardless of how you feel about Wizards of the Coast or csprankle.

    • Zac

      December 28, 2017 at 2:26 am

      Does he make jokes and troll? Ya.
      That doesn’t excuse the behavior of what people have done to him. They have doxxed him, sent him death treats, stalked his wife, vandalized his house & place of business, stolen his property and wizards of the coast has not only ignored what other prominent you tubers have done but multiple of their employee’s have actively engaged in it.

      • SDMMD

        December 28, 2017 at 4:52 am

        These are literally things that he has done to the community for years, or encouraged by proxy of his mob following. There’s documented evidence of written libel claiming other content producers to be pedophiles.

        It’s unfortunate that he’s received death threats and been doxxed. Nobody is excusing that. I know of no *prominent* youtubers who have encouraged people to bother this man, just many whom are reporting on his misgivings and expressing gratitude at his ban. (And on a side note, I’d like to note that those “pictures of his wife” can be found ON ANOTHER YOUTUBE CHANNEL JEREMY OWNS. Look up ClawStruck. It’s there.)

        In summation, Jeremy is kind of a shit, deserves to be banned, doesn’t deserve harassment, deserves absolutely *no* positive press, is not being oppressed by wizards, and frankly, is a self-glorifying pile of shit.

        Observe article A:

        He does not backpedal, he does not apologize, he does not reform, and he does not care what the consequences of his words or actions are to others.

        • dfrombirmingham

          January 7, 2018 at 10:37 pm

          uh the pedos he named were on the sex offender registries he libeled no one. he is the one tht was being harrassed, had death threats sent to you and was defamed and libeled. your documentation has been found wanting.

  14. JW

    December 28, 2017 at 1:38 am

    As a magic player who’s followed this, I’d say this article gets the scoop pretty correct compared to the one on breitbart–but there’s actually something inaccurate here… Hambly and Sprankle didn’t even have an ongoing feud of great substance when this blew up with his banning, etc… Hambly had made no more than 3, according to most sources only 1, video criticizing Sprankle and an entire six months before all this blew up. Sure, the video was rude… but how odd that 6 months later… out of nowhere Sprankle claims “persistent targeted harassment” and blames Hambly for her leaving cosplay. Understandably people have accused her of merely stirring drama to generate a new flood of patreon donations. They’ve pointed out that she is slated to begin a school program, right at the same time as supposedly being driven out by “persistent targeted harassment”. I understand the general dislike of Jeremy, he’s a youtuber with a habit of using clickbait to bolster his channel… and sometimes that clickbait takes the form of false controversy and manufactured takedowns of other figures in the magic community. So I can understand the community’s readiness to attack him. In my viewing of him he isn’t all that far right… he’s slightly right of center… he’s a critical thinker for sure… sometimes aligns with the right… sometimes aligns with some elements of pc culture. I’m on the left myself, but I’m seriously concerned with the way the ‘regressive left’ has gone after him, like this comment by SDMMD. It’s been a kind of blind witch hunt with no concern for evidence, Sprankle never produced any evidence she was harassed persistently, or doxxed, or anything coming close to that. On the flip side, since the story broke. Jeremy has provided much evidence of white knight types now coming after him with stalking of his phone number, pictures of his house, threats to his wife, etc., etc., and Wizards of the Coast has ignored all of the these, because frighteningly, their own employees seem to be perpetrating it in a way, or at least encouraging it. It seems the case the Wizards has long had it out for Hambly, 1) because their product has long had difficulty reaching the female demographic and they thought a witch hunt of a token ‘misogynist’ would change that, and 2) possibly because his youtube channel likes to criticize the company in various ways, thriving on and magnifying anything that is bad PR for wizards.

    • MODO

      December 28, 2017 at 2:03 am

      If you do a google search for “MTGHQ imgur” you will find long albums of cringeworthy tweets and harassment that’s genuinely sickening to read. There’s no shortage of evidence, victims shouldn’t be having to point it out to you when it’s the easiest thing in the world to research.

      It’s unfortunate that Jeremy’s getting harassment, and it’s not okay to send death threats or anything of the sort. I don’t expect Wizards to investigate every one-shot hate message Jeremy gets, because they’re not high-profile public instigation. It’d be hard to do and not solve the problem. Jeremy, on the other hand, leaves no room for doubt- his toxicity is very public, longstanding, and unrepentant. It’s one thing to lifetime ban every person who sends hatemail under an online alias, quite another to ban someone who has gone after others for years, is unapologetic, and will likely again in the future.

      Wizards has it out for Jeremy because he and his mob make interactions on magic communities less palatable, and so he’s booted from tournaments and mtgo. Recipe to get an mtg thread locked? Tie it to MTGHQ, and it’ll devolve into the point it has to be locked within a day.

      • Zac

        December 28, 2017 at 2:29 am

        Seen those albums.
        Since when does edgey jokes and valid criticism of the sh1tty stuff others have done constitute harassment ?

        • MODO

          December 28, 2017 at 4:54 am

          Shall I continue? There’s no shortage here. Calling someone a pedophile or a sex offender is not okay.

          • dfrombirmingham

            January 7, 2018 at 10:39 pm

            the people he is calling sex offenders or pedos are sex offenders or pedos since they were convicted of those crimes. those people are on the sex offender registry in the state they live in.

      • Jesse

        December 28, 2017 at 2:56 am

        Yeah I did the google image search. Saw evidence of someone who has right-leaning social views *GASP*. I don’t agree with those views, but I didn’t see any harassment, not even remotely.

  15. JW

    December 28, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Claiming that Hambly got in the way of anyone

    “-Talking about Magic on youtube, reddit, twitter
    -Going to events
    -Doing things that *sell the game of magic*”

    as SDMMD claims

    Is spine-sliding-out-your-anus-laugh-out-loud absurd.

    At worst Hambly would tongue-in-cheek insult other youtubers who were his competitors, whom he was on decent terms with simultaneously. He did not send a troll army after people as is recklessly claimed, and if people did independently go after people he jested at… I’d really love to see some EVIDENCE of the worst damage that was done.

    I’m looking at SDMMD for that evidence… if he has the stones… he sounds like a part of the hate mob and I would not be surprised if he is a wizards employee out to clean up the mess they created

    • SDMMD-Reply

      December 28, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      To be clear, leaving lots of hyperlinks in comments on this site will leave your reply in “awaiting moderation” purgatory.

      For clear examples of his BS, I recommend you take a look into a reddit thread “I come in peace,” which you can find by searching ‘I come in peace mtghq’ on google. Specifically, I would direct your attention to a comment thread by tirentu, which includes screenshots of tweets claiming he is a pedophile. You can also look through archives to video he has made baselessly claiming Mark Rosewater to be a sexual predator-because libel is super okay.

      You can also easily google for incidents where he suggested he would pay someone to mock The Mana Source at a panel they had at a tournament. Suggesting someone attempt to derail an event with disingenuous questions about the presenter’s weight is basically instigating public shaming. That is absolutely harassment.

      Jeremy can admit to no wrong and offer no apology, so any time he calls to “discuss” something in a civil manner is at best sea lion-ing and at worst trolling, bait to farm out-of-context quotes to blow up in some video. If he or his fans are active in an online community, many simply don’t want to be, because nothing good will come of it.

      There’s your stones, guy. Make no mistake- I do not like Jeremy Hambly. I’m not attempting to be “fair” or “impartial,” I’ve clearly settled on the opinion that his past actions merit him being ostracized from the community.

      • JW

        December 30, 2017 at 3:17 am

        I’m no loyal fan of his, but have seen his stuff sometimes up close and sometimes from a distance for a while… And a lot of his content that I’m seeing called “bullying”, I always just saw it kind of akin to tabloids–clickbaitey, not to be taken too seriously, and I never imagined too many others taking it at full face value. Ultimately I just think the lifetime ban is absurd where a 3 year or something ban would have made sense, considering Wizards gives only 1 or 2 year bans to people who won large tournaments through cheating that was literally caught on camera.

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  17. Twistyturd

    January 3, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Cry ”misogyny” and let loose the dogs of ”muh feelings”….

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